MSP Staff Development

MSP Staff Development 

Welcome to the MSP staff development pages. This site is a booking and information resource for the pilot MSP staff learning and development programme. Course details will be added to this page as they come on-line.

Enabling Members to excel in their parliamentary and representative roles is a strategic priority of the Scottish Parliamentary Service. To help meet that aim, the HR Office has been working to enhance the support provided to Members in their role as employers. To support that objective, we have also been piloting a programme of learning and development. Courses will require a minimum number of people to register their interest before they can be confirmed. Expressions of interest will be invited after which we will contact people with further details.

Need to know

Costs arising from the attendance of Members’ staff at courses, will be met from provision 3.5 (Incidental and Ancillary Employment Costs) of the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme.  Staff must obtain their employing Member’s authorisation before registering their interest.

As we expect events to be very popular, if you are allocated a place on a course, your employing Member will be required to meet the cost of your place under provision 3.5, whether or not you are able to attend. 






Resources/ useful links

 MPs and Staffers Guide to Mental Health (PDF 501 KB)













Members' Staff Forum

A new members’ staff forum has been established to support and encourage staff development and to advise on training and development programmes for MSP staff members. Should you have ideas or suggestions, feel free to raise these with your representatives on the forum:

Amy Craib – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Jamie Mackie – Scottish Liberal Democrats

David Raine – Scottish Labour

Niamh Burns/ Ross Cunningham – Scottish National Party

Sally Coburn/ Vhairi Tollan – Scottish Green Party

Please do get in touch if you have any queries or would like to find out more.

Contact:, 0131 348 6500.